French IAM provider Ilex enters UK and wants partners

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The identity and access management provider serves sectors ranging from banking, finance and insurance, to defence, healthcare, government departments and retail

French identity and access management (IAM) solutions firm Ilex International has announced its expansion into the UK, and is looking for UK channel partners.

The expansion to the UK is part of a broader growth strategy, with an ambitious target to generate 50 percent of its revenue from outside France within five years. Formed in 1989, Ilex International serves sectors ranging from banking, finance and insurance, to defence, healthcare, government departments and retail.

Thierry Bettini of IlexClients include Aegis Media, Air France, Airbus, Argenteuil Hospital Centre, Bank of France, Canal+, French Ministry of Defence, French National Assembly, Joint Chiefs of Staff and Société Générale. Ilex’s suite of solutions includes access management and global single sign on (SSO), mobile SSO, identity and authorisation management, and authentication device management.

In a world of increasing and more impactful global cyber attacks, it has never been more important for businesses to get their IT security infrastructure in place,” said Thierry Bettini (pictured), sales director at Ilex International. “Too often, identity and access management is an afterthought, but enterprises must show a commitment to it in order to know who has access to what on their IT System. Failing to adequately address and minimise the risk of cyber attacks could be catastrophic for a modern business.”

He added: “Mobility is definitely the biggest challenge UK enterprises face with IT security. With the rise of BYOD, cloud based solutions, wearable technology and the Internet of Things, users and consumers have never been more mobile.

Enterprises must take a holistic approach when it comes to mobile devices. Mobile can not be seen as an exception to security infrastructure, instead they must be managed by the same authentication, access and single sign-on solution.”

As part of its expansion to the UK, Ilex will open its first office in London and is currently seeking integration partners across the IT channel. It said partners are “instrumental” in ensuring the quality of service its clients require. The vendor is planning a partner programme in order to build a “long-term relationship of trust” while maintaining a consistent development strategy.